“The consensus on global standards for business and human rights has been broad”: Business and Human Rights Chairperson at the Human Rights Council

On June 11th 2014, at the 5th Meeting of the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council, the Chairperson of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights – Mr Michael Addo – discussed the ways in which the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights have been applied since the OECD guidelines in 2011.

“Expressions of racial, religious, or xenophobic division…should be anathema in every Member State of the United Nations”: Navi Pillay opens the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Today the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council opened in Geneva, and the Geneva Centre reports on the inaugural statements of High Commissioner Navi Pillay and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

The European Union Observation Mission rules Egyptian elections “in line with the law”

The Geneva Centre congratulates the Arab Republic of Egypt for administering its 2014 presidential elections in line with the law.

Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won a landslide victory in a presidential election of 27-29th May, winning 93.3 percent of votes cast with most ballots counted after three days of voting. His only rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, gained 3 percent while 3.7 percent of votes were declared void.

Information and Communications Technologies: The Problem of Inclusive Development

The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development is currently in its seventeenth session in Geneva. The Geneva Centre reports on the role of information and communications technologies (ICT’s) for inclusive social and economic development, and notes the important role played by these technologies in human rights advancement in the Middle East and North Africa.

Working Group on the Right to Development: The Need for Global Partnerships

The right to development can be rooted in the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the two International Human Rights Covenants, and we welcome the 15th session of the Working Group established to monitor and review progress made in the promotion and implementation of the right to development as an opportunity to develop operational sub criteria to the Declaration.